peacemaking service NJC

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre’s Peacemaking service helps people who are affected by conflict or crime.

Peacemaking provides a safe, supportive, and confidential space to talk about what’s happened, how everyone has been affected and work out how things can be made better.

It’s designed for a wide range of circumstances, such as:

  • actions that have caused harm, including criminal actions
  • poorly managed or unresolved issues.

Our services is appropriate for two people, right up to large groups whether strangers, friends and family, community members, or work colleagues.

Peacemaking is used around the world to empower people with life-changing problem-solving skills.

A respectful, confidential and free service for anyone living or working in the City of Yarra.

How it works

In the lead-up to the meeting, our facilitator will meet you and other participants separately to discuss the issue, ensure this is the right solution, and that everyone is willing to continue.

At the Peacemaking meeting everyone comes together to:

  •  explore what happened
  •  hear how everyone has been affected
  •  find solutions that everyone agrees with.

Our facilitator may record the outcomes in a written agreement, which everyone signs, and gets a copy to take home.  This agreement is made in good faith and is not legally binding.

And remember, our facilitator will be with you every step of the way, and because repairing harm can take time, you set the pace.

If you or others, wish to try another approach, our facilitator can assist in finding another service.

Time needed

Conflict comes in all shapes and sizes, so each Peacemaking journey is different. One meeting might be enough, or we may find more would be better. Our facilitator will discuss this with you as things progress.

Bring a friend

Family members, friends, and/or support workers are welcome to be part of the process with you.

Get in touch

Contact Anita De Blasio, Peacemaking Program Manager 
E   anita.deblasio@courts.vic.gov.au (External link)
W  9948 8632   
M  0438472703